Energy costs today account for an estimated 20 percent of a typical office building’s operating costs. Utility bills are expected to continue to rise at an ever-increasing rate, especially in major metropolitan areas where population increases are expected to outpace the growth of available land. Stakeholders ranging from major clients to employees who walk into different retail stores regularly are increasingly preferring to do business with firms that pursue cost-efficient sustainability in all aspects of their operations. This includes everything from water conservation to recycling programs.
“The average customer just doesn’t realize how much money they’re spending,” says Bill Rennie, vice president of the non-profit Public Utility Task Force. “For a small business, reducing their utility bills can really pay off.” In fact, energy efficient buildings can save as much as thirty percent of a business’s electricity consumption. As consumers become increasingly aware of their impact on the environment, utility bill paying customers are more likely to consider alternative sources for their electricity consumption. Many small businesses are unaware that their efforts to conserve energy use can have a dramatic positive impact on both the environment and their bottom line.
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One of the many ways that a business can reduce their utility bills is through increased energy usage through intelligent energy usage, or HGI. In the past, energy usage was measured by the amount of electrical energy used to heat or cool a home. Now, intelligent systems monitor the amount of heat or cool air that is used in various parts of a facility and use those values to help determine the amount of electricity needed to maintain a comfortable temperature inside a building. From there, adjustments can be made to increase the amount of natural daylight that is let into a building, and reduce the amount of air conditioning energy used during the summer months.
Another great way to reduce your utility bills is to implement artificial ventilation. This can also be achieved through the installation of high efficiency filters on HVAC vents. By replacing older vents with new models, your buildings ventilation system will operate at optimal efficiency and reduce the amount of moisture, HVAC condensation, or vapors that escape into the atmosphere. Installing filters on HVAC vents is often an inexpensive way to significantly reduce your usage. For example, if you are using a twenty-five square foot vent, you would need to consume about seven hours of natural daylight per year. If you install a filter with a size equivalent to the size of one window air conditioner, you can significantly reduce your usage and potentially even lower your electric bill.
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A third way to save on utility bills is to replace your old hot water heater thermostats with newer, energy efficient models. The cost of installing a new hot water heater can add up to over two thousand dollars, but you will not recoup the expense for years to come. However, installing new thermostats for your hot water heater and furnace can be a great way to start reducing your monthly utility bills. Energy star certified models usually only cost around one hundred dollars, but they will dramatically reduce your energy costs over time.
The last way that you can save on utility bills is to make sure that you do not exceed your usage limit on any given day. Exceeding your usage limit will make your electricity bill go up faster. Additionally, make sure that you turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use. Do not let children leave room temperature televisions on as these can keep your electricity bill from being as low as it could be. Finally, take short walks around your home at dusk to pay extra attention to things that tend to draw a lot of household energy. These things, including light switches, coffee makers, and computers, use a great deal of energy.